Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 21, 2014
Air National Guard to provide mobile experience this Saturday

Members of the public are invited to step into the shoes of a member of the Air National Guard Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience will set up shop at the Utah National Motocross event at the raceway all day Saturday. The event is designed to give participants a snapshot view of what life is like as a member of the Air National Guard, said Master Sgt. Wayne Ormond, recruiting and retention superintendent for the Utah Air National Guard.

“This is a mobile tool used to try to give someone a snapshot of the life of a military member,” he said. “In that short of a time, it is a pretty accurate snapshot. It’s pretty tough to simulate what military life’s really like, but it is good to have them see what, say, the physical fitness is like.”

In the challenge, participants go through a mock registration, engage in sit-ups, pushups or pull-ups, have their picture projected in an Air Guard uniform and compete in one of four games that simulate one of the branch’s career paths.

The games are small arms weapons to simulate security forces; coordinating an air strike from the ground to simulate being in a tactical air control patrol party; repairing a fuel line to simulate aircraft maintenance; and learning and using medical skills that would be needed in a search and rescue mission.

Nikki Verheye, crew member for the Air National Guard Mobile Experience, said the free experience is designed for ages 13 and up, but all ages are welcome. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of the Air National Guard, she said, and recruiters and staff will be available to answer any questions.

“Coming down and having that one-on-one conversation with the recruiter is a really good experience,” she said. “The recruiters are really good to answer questions. With it being a part-time opportunity, it gives people the chance to explore other career paths or education.” 

Lisa Christensen

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Lisa covers primarily crime and courts, military affairs, Stansbury Park government and transportation issues. She is a graduate of Utah State University, where she double-majored in journalism and music, and Grantsville High School.

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